Riverland Adventure – Diary Bio Farm Kampia Nicosia

Hello everybody,

It is all about a trip to Riverland. It is not a place …. it is where you go to spend a marvelous day together with your kids, a family day out of the city, a day that you will remember over the years. You will learn to appreciate... the time spend with your kids, an adventure, the good and healthy food.

This is how our trip started. Getting in the car, no matter if it was raining... no matter if apparently an usual day will follow. We let ourselves in the hands of destiny and we hoped to be part of a new experience.
Riverland is a choice for good food, for organic food, a healthy life style for everybody and why not a lesson to learn for the kids about life choices.

Riverland is an Organic Diary BioFarm. The animals feed on organic food, produced in certified organic fields. Also the animals graze in meadows, running free, feeding with fresh grass and exercising in the same time. Combining all these, the farm has the ability to produce higher quality milk and organic meat free of chemicals, antibiotics and residues which yield only negative effects on our health. They produce free range eggs, goat milk, goat cheese, halloumi, kefir, airani and other related products.

The road took us there, where the chickens are happy, where people are closer to the earth, to the natural life style. Mr. Vasilis father of 4 kids created all, out of his love of what he learned and what he dreamed to make in his life. His little kingdom is this farm. He is a dreamer who spends his time doing what he likes, surrounded by nature, animals and children.

At Riverland your kids will learn about milk, goats, sheep, cats and dogs, cheese and cubs, horses and rabbits, eggs and happy chickens running free in the field.
Why not? To make it different? Yes is it possible. Anything is possible if you really want it. The adventure will surprise you, you will be able to see inside the farm, the entire process of producing milk, tasting the products, going outside the farm in the surrounding areas, in the nature, be involved in various activities. Kids will be amazed that the goats are friendly, are free, make milk and cheese. It is a healthy choice to eat something fresh, produced by the nature, people being there just to help.

We spend a fantastic day, dreaming about how our life could be different sometimes....
At Riverland you can come for a day, together with your kids and other families to start just by visiting the farm … and end up, hiking in the nature, riding a horse, holding a baby chick in your hands, mountain biking, rolling on a boat.... climbing a tree... drinking fresh goat milk... the best as far as I know for the kids.
At Riverland, you could paint, you could milk a goat or a sheep... your choice, help at the delivery of a baby...animal?!
At Riverland maybe you will end up picking up tomatoes and cucumbers form the Green house, or you will loose your feet in the cold water of a river, and have a picnic in the forest, or maybe... just maybe your will dare stop for a quiet moment.

The day ended to early for us. Our kids were so happy and they did not stop talking about the day spend at the farm. It was not a zoo or an adventure park but it was educational and fun, we left knowing so many things about this new alternative in our life the Bio Products produced in Cyprus, the healthiest life style.

What do You have to do to deserve all these pleasures? First of all you have to call them, put you on a list and hoping it will happen as soon as possible because there is a waiting list.
Riverland the place where the chickens are happy!

Lots of sunny days from Izzy the Cypriot Lizard!


Adventure in nature with Riverland Dairy Bio Farm - Winter time
Every Sunday the Riverland Dairy Bio Farm family takes a group of nature enthusiasts on an adventure in the many interesting places that surround the farm.
If you, your family and friends would like to join us on our adventures; contact us on 7777-8818 or contact us on our facebook page.

Riverland farm adventure ! Summer time

Farm adventure at Riverland welcomes families for a smaller summer adventure around the farm with activities such as archery, horse riding and kayaking.
If you, your family and friends would like to join us on our adventures; contact us on 7777-8818 or contact us on our facebook page.

Riverland Dairy Bio Farm

Address: Kampia, Nicosia, Cyprus
Καμπιά, Λευκωσία
Contact person: Vasilis Kiprianou
Phone no: +357 99 592 598
E-mail: riverland@cytanet.com.cy

Where you can find the products

Found at the following shops:
Here is a list of stores in which you will find Riverland products all made out of goat or/and sheep milk. ( Kefir, Airani and Yogurt )


Be natural 44C Larnacos Avenue, Aglantzia, 2101
Planet organic 1D,28th October Str.,Engomi, 2414
Bio heaven 175 Grigoris Afxentiou, 2369 Agios Dometios
Alpha Mega Akropoli and Engomi
Metro S/m Ltd - Lakatamias
Ermes Department Store Ltd - Central

LIMASSOL ( Area A ) :

All organic market Kolonakiou 24
Zitrone Omirou str.36B 3095
Limnia F/m Agias Fylaxeos
Sigma Bakery - Ag.Fylaxeos
A.I.Katsikides & Sons Ltd - SYPAL Ltd
P. Panayiotou f/m
Tsiartas S/m - SYPAL Ltd
E & S 65 - Mesa Yitonias
Sigma Bakery - Mesa Yitonias -Makariou
Sigma Bakery - Karavas – Agias Zonis
Andreas Sofocleous s/m
Ermes Department Store Ltd - Olymbia
Alha Mega Limassol
M.I All Organic Shop
Sigma Bakery - Kolonakiou
Petros Neofytou S/m
Sigma Bakery – Yermasoyia -Christaki Kranou
Sigma Bakery – Moutayiakas - Tourist Area
Metro s/m Moutayiaka
P.Karayiannis & Chr. Varnavides Trading Ltd
Niami Food Ltd
Coralli Express s/m
ESEL (Castle)


Sigma Bakery - Nicou Patichi 123 Polemidia
Sigma Bakery – Nicou Patichi 106
Georgios Charalambous Ltd
SYPAL Ltd Bio Spiti Organic Shop
Ermes Department Store - Apollo
Alha Mega E&S Limassol
F/m To Alakati Ltd
Tirkas S/m - SYPAL Ltd
Georgios Lisiotis - SYPAL Ltd
Hatzieyiannis f/m
J.N Pieris S/m Ltd
SYPAL Ltd Stelios Charis S/m Ltd
SYPAL Ltd C.A.C Papantoniou Trading Ltd
Christos Neofytou Kiosk
Christoforou S/m To Proto Ltd
SYPAL Ltd Sigma Bakery - Zakaki
F/m Aletri - SYPAL Ltd
Carrefour-Chris Cash & Carry Ltd - Ditiki Lemesos
Demitris Zakakiotis & Sons Ltd SYPAL Ltd
Sigma Bakery - Makariou Pirosvestiki
Sigma Bakery - 4 Fanaria


Alpha Mega Larnacas
Metro S/m Larnaca
Stelios Andreou S/m Livadia
Kokkinos S/m Paralimni
Metro S/m Paralimni
Best Buy s/m Protaras 1
Best Buy s/m Protaras 2
Best Buy Ay.Napa 1
Best Buy Ay.Napa 2
Best Buy Ay.Napa 3
Best Buy Ay.Napa 4


C.A.C Papantoniou Trading Ltd Pissouri
Papamichael airport
Alpha Mega Paphos E
Ermes Department Store – Korivos Paphos
C.A.C Papantoniou Trading Ltd Kato Paphos
Tsiakkarias F/m No 3
C.A.C Papantoniou Trading Ltd Paphos
Tsiakkarias F/m No 1
C.A.C Papantoniou Trading Ltd Chloraca
C.A.C Papantoniou Trading Ltd Polis
Afrodite S/m
Filippos s/m 1+2

Diving - The ultimate experience Protaras

Hello everybody,

As summer is here I thought to introduce you one of most beautiful activities that you may have here, in Cyprus and this is Scuba Diving. It is all connected to the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea, the clean Cyprus sea waters, the fantastic weather that will make you spend a marvelous holiday with your kids no matter which corner of the island you will chose to be.

You have to be in love of the beauty of nature before starting to dive. The secrets of an empire are standing at your feet if you only learn to breathe under the water and be quiet like the fishes. You will enter a world where only few of us have the key. You will be able to see the underwater paradise. You will miss the crowded, noisy beaches and the golden sand, exchange it to the diving experience in to the bluest waters, swimming silent close to thousands of fishes.

You will let yourself covered of strange feelings of fear, beauty, wonder, surprise of the octopus that is just about to move her feet under the sand where you believed it is nothing, the fishes welcoming you with a strange bubbly “Hello” or maybe the fantastic color of the corals. Nothing compares to this magnificent advantage that you could offer to your children.

Of course it is a unique experience and the reason I am introducing it, is to give you another extraordinary choice of activity for your kids, as they could start learning how to dive as soon as possible.

The first step that you should choose is teaching kids snorkeling. For this there is not a minimum age required. Just good teachers and lots of love and passion will help kids to discover the underwater world, will teach them about Artificial Reef Conservation and about marine biology.

The next step, after the kids are 10 years old, they can take their first intro course the PADI or SSI Discover Scuba Diving. For kids ages of 8 years old the Bubble maker course in the pool is just a thrill and an unforgettable experience. Do you ever wonder what it would be like to breathe underwater? In just one hour only the entire world changes shape, they can experience the sensation; learn a few basic dive skills and enjoy the new world. After this step you could consider that the underwater world just opened up gates for the Junior and Advanced open Water Diver Course.

The next level offers a complete Adventure Diver Experience, which will let you free to explore the fantastic world of the Deep Diver and Wreck Diver. It is a stage where you will be able to enjoy the ultimate experience, a pleasure only for the passionate of unique life feelings.

In Cyprus you could enjoy the 4 new wrecks in Protaras (Nemesis III, Liberty wrecks), Limassol (Constantis, Lady Thetis) and Paphos (Alexandria and Laboe). For the more experienced divers Cyprus has one of the top 5 wrecks in the world the Zenobia, which rests on its side at 16-42 Meters in Larnaca.

Because it is everything about adventure; children and parents can also experience sailing. You can choose the thrill and challenge of a deep sea passage, with the excitement of blue water sailing and moonlit sailing. You will have the opportunity to participate in sailing the boats under all sea conditions. With total involvement in the boat there’s time to master the rig, become confident aloft or learn something of sea navigation. No previous experience is necessary to become part of the ship’s crew for a voyage of few days. Alongside the professional crew you may stand watches, take the helm, handle lines, raise & trim sails, and let the routines of a sailing ship take you back to a slower, more relaxed era. You could choose to escape for a voyage of discovery to places most people only ever dream about.

Only in Cyprus!

Lots of sunny days from Izzy the Cypriot Lizard!


Opening hours: 9.00 – 19.00
Address: Tinou 8, Ayia Triada Gardens Shop 2 Protaras 1070 Cyprus
Phone no: +357 99 689 961
Web page: www.i-dive.com.cy
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/idivetecreccenters
Contact person: Andy Varoshiotis
E-mail: avaroshiotis@gmail.com
Snorkeling classes 35.00 Euro
PADI Discover Scuba Diving classes 59.00 Euro
Deep Diver classes 225.00 Euro
Including all the equipment, insurance and certifications
Sailing: From 280.00 Euro Half Day to 400.00 Euro Full Day.

Kids learning horse riding at Amargeti Equestrian Club Paphos

Hello everybody,

There will always be a love story on Aphrodite'Island Cyprus. A love story between a French woman and a Dutch man living in Paphos, raising horses together, living their life here, finding here happiness, teaching children horse riding. 
Amargeti Equestrian Club, it is a club made with passion, love and dedication. Marlene's passion for horses succeed building in Cyprus one of the most professional establishments where kids and adults can learn, enjoy, have fun, experience their love: horse riding.
Marlene will be my guide today on their piece of paradise in Cyprus, Amargeti Equestrian Club:

Izzy: Bonjour Marlene, I am very happy to meet you. You were surrounded by horses starting very early in your life. Do you believe that this opportunity changed the way you are, your entire perspective in life, it opened new gates for you?
Marlene: Definitely, Amargeti Equestrian Club was a unique opportunity for us, it enabled to us to establish a riding club where the horse riding blends into a beautiful natural environment. When you step into the club grounds your mind goes place, you become relaxed, stress free and ready to take on life in of all its aspects.

Izzy: Armageti Equestrian Club is a place that offers high quality establishments and services comparable with countries with a vast tradition in horse riding like France, Germany, UK. What did you succeed bringing in Cyprus?
Marlene: In the dressage arena we use washed construction sand mixed with geotextile flakes, we are the only horse riding club in Cyprus which uses geotextile for its footing. In the jumping arena we use a very special type of sand which hardly makes any dust and it is topped up with chipped recycled rubber, it provides the horse with excellent grip and it absorbs the shocks in the horse’s legs while it is doing its jumps over the obstacles in order to avoid leg injury.
Again, we are the only riding club in Cyprus which has this professional type of rubber footing which is used in the top riding schools elsewhere in Europe.
Around all our arenas we have flood lights so we are able to provide training after the sunset when the weather condition are cooler for horse riding in the summer time.
The main club facilities are: 25 stables, clubhouse, outside paddocks, one arena 40 M x 25 M, sand & geotextile and one arena 40 x 80 M, sand & rubber flakes, lunging arena, well secured tack room, shower areas, etc.

Izzy: Kids love animals and especially horses. What is the best age to start coming to your club and beneficiate of your horse ridding lessons? What are the benefits for kids practicing horse riding? They can participate in any tournaments ?
Marlene: Horse riding is not bound to any age, small children can come to our club from the age of 4/5 years. It is important that children gradually get familiar with the horses as they are big animals in the eyes of small children, we therefor go very slowly with them and ensure that every experience is a good one, one bad experience could make the child afraid of horses for the rest of its lives and we wish to avoid that at all cost. Being around horses is extremely therapeutic; they make you forget the world and make you feel very relaxed and it is a bonding experience. Riders which have been training sufficiently can participate in competitions which are held all over the island during the winter months.

Izzy: What do they need in order to start a lesson or a pleasure ride?
Marlene: Actually not a lot, the only thing we ask new riders is to wear tight pants, tight underwear and flat shoes. We will provide the helmet, the body protector, the horse, the saddle and the headgear and the whip.

Izzy: Competition for kids involves passion, desire to grow, to be the best. This improves children self esteem and helps them compare their efforts with others. Do you organize competitions?
Marlene: Yes, last year we had our first successful event and had around 120 entries from all over Cyprus in the club and we received a lot of positive feedback. It was a competition for both dressage and show jumping. Our aim is to organize at least 1 or 2 similar events per year and compete on the highest level in Cyprus with our club riders.

Izzy: A family day out at Armageti Equestiran Club can be a very good choice? Everybody is searching for the perfect location also to enjoy a nice birthday. Is it your club a possibility?
Marlene: Absolutely, we are perfectly located, our club house can be rented either for full or partial catering and we have a WC and a shower. We have a playground and in the winter months riders and their families can pick their own fruit from the orchard fruit trees. While the children do the riding the adults can enjoy the clubhouse which has great view over the facilities.

Izzy: Do you carry out school excursions ?
Marlene: We are in the middle of the process of designing an educational school excursion program whereby we will teach young children how the club operates and to teach them the very basics of horse care and riding. We plan to provide this service within the next 3 months.

Izzy: What other activities and events are organized at your club?
Marlene: We organize social events for our club members and their families such as social BBQ’s with live music (country western band). Furthermore, we offer free fruit picking for visitors as we have 150 mature fruit trees which provide tons of oranges, mandarins and apples and apricots or almonds. Furthermore, we welcome visitors who just want to have a drink or a snack in our wonderful clubhouse while watching other riders doing all the action as the clubhouse is centrally located in the middle of the club grounds with breathtaking views all around.
We also conduct dog scootering which is a new dog sport for Cyprus whereby a dog pulls a person on a big step scooter. It’s great exercise for both dog and owner of the dogs. We only do this is the winter months as the temperature needs to be cool.

Izzy:Thank you very much Marlene for the interview, we have tremendously enjoyed your passion for the sport and your efforts to make horse riding a pleasure for our young readers.
Marlene: Thank you very much, we have appreciated it tremendously.
Lots of sunny days from Izzy the Cypriot Lizard!

Armageti Equestrian Club

Opening hours: 9:00 - 18:00
Address: Amargeti Valley, Amargeti, Paphos, Cyprus
Phone no: 00357 99788287
Web page: www.amargetihorseriding.com
E-mail address:info@amargetihorseriding.com
Contact person: Marlene
Price per lesson for beginners: Euro 20 per lesson or Euro 185 per 10 lessons
Price for a ride: Euro 5 pony ride
Price for a Hack: Euro 30 for 1 hour or Euro 50 for 2 hours


  1. Lessons (Dressage & Jumping): we teach dressage from beginners level to advanced level. Mastering dressage up to a certain level is very important as it is the basic of all other horse riding disciplines. Furthermore, we give jumping lessons from beginners to advanced and we have built a jumping arena for that purpose.
  2. Livery stables: if someone who owns a horse but does have the space or time anymore to look after it, they can bring their horse to our club where we will take care of the horse, we will feed it, we clean its stable and we daily put it in a paddock so it can freely can move around.
  3. Hacking: if you know how to ride a horse, you can rent a horse from the club and take the horse out for a walk into the nature. Amargeti valley is fantastic for hacking, we have endless trails into the hills and the scenery is simply breath taking. The hacks are always supervised hacks so a competent staff member will accompany the rider on the hack to show them the nice and safe routes.
  4. Carriage riding: we are now in the training process to teach 2 ponies how to pull a carriage so we can take several people onto a carriage and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
  5. Pony rides: we conduct pony rides for the very young riders. These are short rides of a couple rounds in the arena whereby a trainer has the horse on a lead and walks next to the horse.
  6. Train & exercise and break horses: we train and exercise and break other people’s horses if they have no time to do it. They will leave the horse in our stables after which we will take care of it for a period time and conduct all the training, as agreed with the owner of the horse. For young horses which have never been ridden before, we offer a program to break the horse safely without too much stress for the animal and we will teach the horse how to load into a horse trailer. This period of breaking is extremely important for the horse as it is the period where the horse will start to learn to trust people.
  7. Events: we organize and participate in dressage and jumping competitions on the island. Last year we had our first successful event and had around 40 horses on the club grounds.
  8. We try to operate as green as possible as such we have installed our own solar installations and we recycle our own horse manure into compost. The horse manure which is excellent garden fertilizer, can be collected for free by visitors.

10 Ways Horses Build Character in Children
  1. Learn responsibility
  2. Learn Trust
  3. Learn to be Open minded
  4. Build Confidence
  5. Learn patience
  6. Self Discipline
  7. Teaches Sensitivity
  8. How to learn from our mistakes
  9. Learn Respect
  10. To have Fun